Future of Life Institute

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Overview

Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

2.5 Fte (5)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation

3

High-level Commission meetings

3

Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Future of Life Institute   (FLI)

    EU Transparency Register

    787064543128-10 First registered on 24 Jun 2021

    Goals / Remit

    The Future of Life Institute (FLI) is a nonprofit that works on maximising the benefits of technology and on mitigating its associated risks. In our current engagement with the EU institutions, FLI has two key priorities: i) promoting the beneficial development of artificial intelligence, ii) regulating lethal autonomous weapons.

    Main EU files targeted

    Artificial Intelligence Act, AI Liability Directive, Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.

    Address

    Head Office
    Future of Life Institute300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 134
    Campbell, CA 95008
    UNITED STATES
    EU Office
    Future of Life InstituteAvenue des Arts / Kunstlaan 44
    Brussels 1040
    BELGIUM

    Website

  • People

    Total lobbyists declared

    5

    Employment timeLobbyists
    75%2
    50%1
    25%2

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

    2.5

    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    3 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 15 Jun 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Alexandra TSALIDIS 17 Oct 2023 16 Oct 2024
    Risto UUK 19 Oct 2023 18 Oct 2024
    Marcus BRAKEL 07 Oct 2023 04 Oct 2024
    Ms Angelica Maria AHUMADA FERNANDEZ 07 Oct 2023 24 Jan 2024
    Marcus BRAKEL 24 Sep 2022 23 Sep 2023
    Ms Claudia PRETTNER 04 Aug 2022 22 Jan 2023
    Risto UUK 04 Aug 2022 04 Aug 2023
    Marcus BRAKEL 21 Aug 2021 20 Aug 2022

    Complementary Information

    FLI makes use of the services from Dentons Global Advisors, who provide us with analysis and strategic advice. Our expenditure on these services is declared in their entry (Dentons Global Advisors Europe SA, 7028457765-59).

    Our annual spend on EU advocacy amounts to € 273,176 EUR. This includes staff salaries and our spending on Dentons Global Advisors.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories

    Category

    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking

    Affiliation

    U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology AI Safety Institute Consortium

    Partnership on AI, a nonprofit coalition committed to the responsible use of artificial intelligence.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year

    5,531,210€

    Major funding types in closed year

    Donations

    Major contributions in closed year

    TypeNameAmount
    Contribution Erik Otto 542,100€

    Other financial info

    i) More information about our finances can be found on this webpage: https://futureoflife.org/about-us/finances/

    ii) FLI only engaged in limited fundraising in 2023 and our total income amounted to 624,714 USD. One individual, Erik Otto, donated 600,000 USD to support our general operating work. All other donations were small grassroots and PayPal donations.

    iii) Our budget deficit was covered entirely by our endowment, which has been provided by Vitalik Buterin in 2021. This funding has helped FLI maintain its independence. We are also using his donated funds to support a multi-year grant program: https://futureoflife.org/grantmaking/fli-announces-grants-program-for-existential-risk-reduction/

    iv) FLI holds no cryptocurrency.

    v) The budget figure provided is for the Future of Life Institute globally, of which our EU activities are a small part. The total budget amount does not include our external regranting (e.g. our PhD fellowships).

    vi) With the exception of the Estonian Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, who has served on FLI’s Board of Directors since its 2014 founding, donors do not influence our policy positions. Our conflict of interest policy can be found on this webpage: https://futureoflife.org/conflict-of-interest-policy/

    vii) The euro amounts listed have been converted from US dollars at the exchange rate for Friday December 29, 2023.

    viii) Our annual audit is in process, and FLI reserves the right to modify these provisional figures once the audit has been completed.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    None declared

    Groups (European Parliament)

    Artificial intelligence and digital

    Communication activities

    Selected publications, full list available on our main website:
    - Monthly newsletter on autonomous weapons, from March 2024 onwards
    - Competition in Generative AI: Future of Life Institute’s Feedback to the European Commission’s Consultation, March 2024
    - European Commission Manifesto: Recommendations for the next European Commission mandate, Future of Life Institute, March 2024
    - Policymaking in the Pause. What can policymakers do now to combat risks from advanced AI systems?, Future of Life Institute, April 2023.
    - FLI Position Paper on AI Liability, Future of Life Institute, November 2022.
    - Call For Better Protections of People Affected at the Source of the AI Value Chain, Future of Life Institute, October 2022.
    - A Proposal for a Definition of General Purpose Artificial Intelligence Systems, Future of Life Institute, October 2022.
    - The EU needs to protect (more) against AI manipulation, EurActiv, February 2022.
    - Position Paper on the AI Act, Future of Life Institute, August 2021.
    - Lethal Autonomous Weapons Exist; They Must Be Banned, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum, June 2021.
    - Open letter on Foresight in AI regulation, Future of Life Institute, 2020.

    Events
    - Made in Europe: Generating the ecosystem of trustworthy AI innovation, May 16 2024

    Relevant websites run by FLI
    - futureoflife.org, main website
    - artificialintelligenceact.eu, provides analysis on the AI Act as well as a biweekly newsletter
    - autonomousweapons.org, makes the case for the regulation of autonomous weapons
    - autonomousweaponswatch.org, database demonstrating which weapons systems with concerning levels of autonomy have been developed globally

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings

    Meetings

    3 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 30 Nov 2023 Location brussels
      Subject AI Act
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton
      Attending
      • Maurits-Jan Prinz (Cabinet member)
    • Date 13 Nov 2023 Location Brussels
      Subject Artificial Intelligence act
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Věra Jourová
      Portfolio Values and Transparency
      Attending
      • Werner Stengg (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 18 Jul 2023 Location Brussels and online (hybrid)
      Subject AI
      Cabinet Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager
      Portfolio Europe Fit for Digital Age
      Attending
      • Liviu Stirbat (Cabinet member)
      • Werner Stengg (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
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